All hands on deck: Delhi government orders doubling of test centres | Delhi News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: With Covid-19 cases surging and claiming more than 90 lives every day, Delhi government on Thursday directed all district magistrates (DMs) to take immediate steps to double the number of testing in their respective areas.
On Thursday, total 62,437 covid tests were conducted in the capital, including a record 22,067 RT-PCR tests, which are considered much more reliable than the Rapid Antigen Tests, of which 40,370 were conducted in the last 24 hours. The last time Delhi saw more tests being conducted was November 12, when a total of 60,229 tests were conducted, including the highest number of RT-PCR tests conducted in a day till then — 19,752.
While Delhi is witnessing more than 60,000 tests a day now, the numbers would be scaled up by this weekend. On Thursday, the health and family welfare department of Delhi government issued an order, directing all DMs and chief district medical officers to take steps to double the testing centres in all districts immediately. The order stated that the locations will be finalised by November 19 itself and the actual scaling up will be done latest by November 21. “The manpower required for the new testing centres may be hired from open market, if required,” the order stated.
“Every district has been given targets, which is based on the population density of each district. Preparations have been made for scaling up of tests and in most districts, tests are carried out by private laboratories as well,” a Delhi government official said.
Delhi has been scaling up testing over the past few months and while 4 lakh to 5.5 lakh covid tests were carried out every month between June and August, the numbers spiralled to around 15 and then 16 lakh in September and October, respectively, November has already recorded nearly 10 lakh covid tests.



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